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Oleochemical Catalysts

The world of chemical raw materials is steadily shifting away from petroleum to oils and fats. BASF recognizes the need for change, and we are here to keep driving the industry forward. For more than 50 years, we have been a leading global supplier of catalysts for oleochemical applications and their technologies.

We offer a comprehensive portfolio of catalysts and adsorbents that covers a wide range of oleochemical processing needs. In addition to existing products, our research and development team is continuously designing new technologies.

BASF can help with:

  • Hydrogenation of fats, oils and fatty acids
  • Ammoniation of fatty acids to fatty nitriles
  • Production of fatty alcohols and fatty amines
  • Conversion of glycerol to monopropylene glycol (MPG)
  • Adsorbent purification of fats and oils

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Why BASF?

Companies are constantly under pressure to meet challenging quality, environmental and governmental standards. By delivering solutions tailored to the specific needs in a company’s markets, BASF helps them gain a competitive advantage.

With the knowledgeable and imaginative minds of more than 650 research scientists and engineers for various catalyst technologies, we create working solutions, improve efficiency and deliver superior performance for your oleochemical process.

Products & Technologies

BASF develops catalysts for renewable feedstock processing technologies, including powders and droplets for use in slurry phase reactors, as well as tablets and extrudates for fixed bed applications.

Products and technologies include:

  • Copper Catalysts (powders, tablets and extrudates)
  • Nickel Catalysts (powders and droplets)
  • Alumina Catalysts (tablets, extrudates or ring‐shaped)
  • Precious Metal Catalysts
  • Zinc-Based Catalysts
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Find more information about our oleochemical catalysts on our Hydrogenation page.

Product Portfolio

BASF’s portfolio of catalysts for renewable feedstock processing technologies can be found below:

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Where We Operate

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News & Media

Whether it’s industry trends, scientific studies or market analyses, BASF is always working to keep our customers informed of new developments in oleochemicals and the broader catalysts industry.

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